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Malt Whisky Companion 6th Edition
Malt Whisky Companion 6th Edition
by Michael Jackson
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Man Would be Proud, 31 Mar. 2010
Writing the latest version of Michael Jackson's Malt Whisky Companion is akin to taking over the squad football shirt from a legendary footballer; you cannot possibly win in the eyes of his followers. Any yet winning isn't really the point; you know you will never replace the great man, you are aware of his permanent place in the hearts of millions, you continue to honour his memory and you move on. This is exactly what Dominic Roskrow, Gavin Smith and William Meyers have done. And how.

Roskrow et al have done a fabulous job. They have made it clear that this is still very much Jackson's book, two and a half years after his death. They have written each new review in the same spare but highly evocative language of the great man, whilst leaving much of his original material intact. Jackson's introductions and his section on his beloved Macallan are left largely as they are, although the book is updated for newer bottlings (e.g. the Fine Oak range). Out go the reviews for malts long since unavailable, and in come bang up-to-date bottlings, including selected Vatted Malts, Japanese, American and European single malts. Of course, some will quibble about the whiskies included and not included and of the marks accorded, used as we are to Jim Murray's rather top heavy scoring. How, though, in such a subjective and value-laden topic is this to be avoided? As good as his books are, Jim Murray all too often lapses into relative judgements which mean nothing to the reader. The latest edition of the Malt Whisky companion avoids this by sticking to crisp and clear absolute descriptions of each whisky.

The real question is whether anyone not aware of Jackson's death (and surely there can't be many) REALLY notice that this wasn't written by him? The answer, I suggest, is no. This is a must have for any whisky buff. Well done boys, the great man would be proud.
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The Legend of Hell House [1973] [DVD]
The Legend of Hell House [1973] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roddy McDowall
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.89

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend of Hell House, 25 Sept. 2003
Very few modern ghost/horror films manage to capture the claustrophobic and eerie atmosphere necessary to make them 'work'. Some, like de Bont's lamentable Haunting, forget that what makes a really effective ghost film is that you ought never to actually see the ghost. The Legend of Hell House works on most levels; good performances, a genuinely eerie atmosphere, good (but not over the top) special effects, a rather effective musical score, and a time sequence that adds to the claustrophobia and feeling of Time Running Out. If you want blood, guts, and flying sheets, then don't buy this film. Those of us who have witnessed trash like The Sixth Sense, The Others, and What Lies Beneath may have despaired that a good ghost yarn was beyond the skills of filmmakers, but if you want a well-crafted and genuinely creepy film to watch past midnight, then I reckon, the original Haunting aside, you can't do much better than this.

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